The merger of social media, streaming platforms, wagering and competitive video gaming has provided a robust marketplace for investors, companies and traditional sports teams. However, as with any innovative disruptive force, legal and regulatory uncertainty and challenges continually arise. The Esports, Sports Technology & Wagering team at Stinson is uniquely positioned to provide clients with informed and reliable guidance in these specialized industries.


Our Stinson team is uniquely qualified to address the complex and dynamic needs of our Esports, Sports Technology & Wagering clients. We offer the experience necessary to provide full-service legal counsel to stakeholders throughout the esports ecosystem, including mobile gamers, leagues, franchise owners, broadcasters, advertisers, publishers, agencies and promoters, distributors, sponsors, investors, banks and other leading corporations and individuals.

In addition to our esports proficiencies, we are well equipped to assist sports technology businesses. Our team has provided guidance to companies throughout the sports technology spectrum, including those utilizing augmented reality, biometric data and blockchain.

The Stinson Esports, Sports Technology & Wagering team is passionate about our clients’ businesses and we are able to provide critical insight and guidance – both traditional and emerging.


As more states enact laws surrounding legalized sports betting and daily fantasy sports (DFS), the Stinson team offers guidance on compliance in all facets of gaming laws, including the Travel Act, the Federal Wire Act, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Moreover, since the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), the rise of DFS has been quick but tumultuous. States across the country have interpreted certain DFS platforms against the backdrop of UIGEA and other state and federal gambling laws. Thus, it is critical to have legal advisors who are up-to-date on attorney general opinions and legislation throughout the U.S. that regulate or prohibit DFS to minimize risk exposure.


The Stinson Esports, Sports Technology & Wagering team can assist with the following legal needs:

Funding / Securities

  • Family and friend's investors / seed capital
  • Angel investors
  • IPOs
  • Commercial lending and traditional financing
  • Venture capital, including introductions to venture capital investors, financial institutions, accelerator programs and alternative financing sources

Labor / Employment / Immigration

  • Employment agreements
  • Appearance contracts
  • Immigration visas

Intellectual Property

  • Online streaming rights and brand management
  • Advertising, promotions and sponsorships
  • Patent and trademark protections
  • Licensing agreements

Strategic Ventures

  • Joint ventures and strategic partnerships
  • Mergers and acquisitions


  • Data security, privacy and information governance
  • League participation agreements
  • Wagering and betting compliance opinions
  • Investigations and enforcement
  • Business and tax structuring



News & Insights

At the Corners Newsletter

At the Corners Newsletter

The sports marketplace has permanently changed, and Stinson is prepared to help you navigate these news challenges. Our quarterly publication, At the Corners, will discuss relevant topics for you to stay in the game when it comes to esports, sports technology and wagering.

Music Licensing in the Age of TikTok

Giving users more access to licensed music and strengthening ties between the app and the music industry, TikTok and major rights holders agreed to provide a non-commercial music library for non-business accounts, lessening the chance of DMCA notices and legal claims, and allowing for royalties to be paid. A Commercial Music Library was created for verified business accounts, but the selection is thought to be less than satisfactory. As TikTok continues to increase in popularity, legal issues continue to arise, and businesses need to be aware such issues as they relate to music licensing.

Running a Legal Sweepstakes or Contest in the Esports and Online Gaming World

The promotion of sweepstakes and contests is a vastly regulated industry that has pitfalls often overlooked by companies. In the esports and gaming world, a sweepstakes or contest often takes the form of a tournament, and in an effort to be compliant with state and federal laws, the element of chance is removed, making the esports and gaming promotion a true skill contest. In order to avoid regulatory and legal pitfalls, businesses should seek counsel regarding rules and promotional materials before conducting a sweepstakes, contest or raffle.

Show Me the Tokens - Using Cryptographic Tokens to Activate Fans

The sports industry has discovered a new way to engage fans and drive revenue at the same time with cryptographic tokens. The use of fungible and non-fungible tokens has been instrumental in improving the fan experience, but sports organizations should remain cautious, as legal issues continue to surface and the crypto market continues to be a high-risk investment.

If you would like to receive more information on these and other Esports, Sports Technology & Wagering topics, please subscribe to our quarterly At the Corners newsletter.

At the Corners Newsletter

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